Our Counselors

 

Shipowick-Smith Counseling and Positive Living Center is an interactive, solution-focused therapy and treatment practice. The focus of our therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. We integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach, individualized and tailored to each client's needs. With compassion and understanding, April, Wayne, Pam, Dianne, Jesi, Maribeth and Patrick work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
 

 


 


April Shipowick-Smith LMHC;CDP

April Shipowick-Smith is a Licensed Mental Health counselor (M.A. L.M.H.C. C.D.P.) serving the Wenatchee Valley and it's surrounding areas, specializing in individual, couples and family therapy with extensive training and experience in helping others deal with anxiety, depression, mood disorders including Bipolar disorders, ADHD, and couples issues. She also provides counseling for addictions, Drug and Alcohol Assessments and a variety of other issues. As a graduate of Loma Linda University and Medical Center, and a graduate of Eastern Washington University, April brings over 20 years experience as a marriage and family therapist to her work with patients in the Wenatchee Valley. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Chemical Dependency Counseling. April is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are Individual Counseling for adults and couples as well as individual counseling and group counseling for teens and adults, EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anxiety, Neurofeedback, Chemical Dependency Assessments, ADIS school and Life Planning. April's philosophy is one of treating the whole person and working with them to improve their quality of life with a holistic approach. April is not accepting clients at this time.
 


Wayne Hersel, CDP

Wayne Hersel is a Chemical Dependency Professional specializing in working with youth and teens. Wayne earned his AA degree and CDP certification at Wenatchee Valley College and has been working in the local community for over 10 years. In addition to serving patients in our office, Wayne has served as an in-patient counselor and currently works with the North Central Washington Education Services District, helping students
in North Central Washington. He implements the “Why Try” program with youth as they journey from often-troubled backgrounds into solid foundations for the future. “Why Try” emphasizes the importance of education for young people as they overcome struggles with alcohol and drugs or issues in the juvenile justice system. Wayne also has expertise in conflict resolution and mediation and uses his professional skills to facilitate groups offered by Shipowick-Smith Counseling for both adults and teens. 
 

 
 

Pam Alworth, MS; LMFT

Pam is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Master of Science degree from Seattle Pacific University. She works primarily with individuals, couples and families in a therapeutic/clinical setting, addressing a wide range of personal and relationship issues including: depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, family/relationship conflicts, self-esteem and life transitions. Pam believes that life experience and relationships shape how one perceives the world and one’s self.  Because of this, people become stuck in patterns that can bind them in unhealthy/dysfunctional ways.  Through personal awareness and exploration Pam believes people can heal and transform their lives.  Using a client-centered treatment approach, Pam specializes in providing therapy for couples and families by assisting in navigating their way toward healthy communication and relationship building.  Pam also facilitates a couples class designed to strengthen relationships based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his book “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”.

 


Dianne Hansen, LMHC

Diane has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State for over 20 years. She enjoys working with individuals and families as they navigate through therapeutic processes. With a keen understanding of physical, mental and behavioral development, she is able to gain insight on issues that children and adolescents experience, whether it's difficulty staying attentive and engaged with schoolwork or experiencing thoughts and feelings of depression or another mental health concern. Dianne believes that addressing difficult issues during a child's critical developmental years can set the stage for a happier, healthier future. She has extensive experience in working with children and young adults providing practical services for improving quality of life and experience at home, in school, and in social situations. Dianne specializes in EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anxiety. Neurofeedback, a kind of biofeedback for the brain, which can address a host of neurological challenges – among them ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety – by allowing patients to alter their own brain waves through practice and repetition.
For more information on Neurofeedback, Visit: EEGinfo.com - What is Neurofeedback
 

Jesi Lingo, M.Ed.; LMHC; CDP

Jesi has a comprehensive background in mental health and behavioral counseling, particularly in school settings. With over seven years of experience working in local school districts, and most recently as a middle school counselor, Jesi strives to help her clients achieve personal/social development throughout their lives. When children are faced with complex or difficult issues, their lack of experience and coping skills can make these issues extremely difficult to overcome. Jesi has extensive experience in working with children and young adults as they face behavioral, personal and social issues. She helps people of all ages address problems with behavior, substance abuse, eating disorders, personal struggles and social challenges. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she believes that a combination of empowerment and self-motivation is key to overcoming any obstacles someone might encounter in his/her life. She leads our groups on various Women’s Issues including Stress Eating, Self Image and Self-Harm. In addition to her professional work experience, Jesi spent a year volunteering in the Peace Corps in West Africa as an English Teacher and Women’s Basketball Coach. She is affiliated with The Washington School Counselor Association, American School Counselor Association, and the American Counseling Association.
 

Maribeth Marboe CDP

Maribeth Marboe is Chemical Dependency Professional and a Certified Peer Counselor. She has a BA in English/Communications from the University of Puget Sound. In addition to assisting with individual and group counseling, she provides marketing and public relation services. A long-time resident of the Wenatchee Valley,  Maribeth served for six years as a substitute teacher in both the Wenatchee and Eastmont school districts. She has also been involved in volunteer activities including Learning Improvement Teams and working with teachers to develop a better plan for Math and Science in the middle schools.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 


  Patrick Herzer, LMHCA; CDPT

  Patrick is a nationally certified and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. He holds a Master's degree   in Theology as well as a Bachelors degree in Religious studies. He has served families in a ministry setting  and worked with at risk youth and grade school children. While Patrick's training allows him to work  with all  people, he specializes in individuals, marriages, and children (ages five and older) over a wide range  of  issues including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma and personal growth goals. Patrick  utilizes a  combination of approaches for helping his clients including EMDR for anxiety and depression. He  also combines humor and directness with the ability to listen empathetically. Patrick's passion is to be a part  of bringing health and joy to families throughout the Columbia Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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